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Quality Questioning

Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner
Second Edition
By: Jackie Acree Walsh, Beth Dankert Sattes

A Joint Publication of McREL International
Foreword by John Hattie

Quality questioning enhances student outcomes by engaging all students to generate useful formative feedback and deep dialogue. Discover tools, strategies, and videos to support classroom use.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506328874
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 264
  • Publication date: November 01, 2016

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Realize the potential of quality questioning for student thinking and learning

Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes present quality questioning as a process that begins with the preparation of questions to engage all students in thinking and culminates in the facilitation of dialogue that takes learning deeper. This new edition of the bestseller organizes questioning practices around the 6Ps framework, composed of Prepare and Present the Question, Prompt Student Thinking, Process Student Responses, Polish Questioning Practices, and Partner with Students. It extends and expands on timeless principles while adding significant new research-based practices and insights derived from the authors’ own learning with and from classroom teachers. Designed for immediate classroom use, this guide includes:

  • Graphics, tools, and strategies to develop student skills and create a classroom culture that nurtures thinking and learning
  • QR codes that link to more than twenty new videos depicting students and teachers from elementary through high school
  • Tools and strategies to support teacher engagement in personal reflection, classroom observations, and collaborative dialogue that improve personal practice

This exciting new book demonstrates how to seamlessly integrate effective questioning strategies into daily practice, thereby energizing teaching and learning.

"Questions are the most important tool in a teacher’s toolbox. Walsh and Sattes teach us how to sharpen those tools and use the right ones to maximize learning. They understand that questioning isn’t interrogation, but rather frames dialogic instruction. You can see this come to life in the videos throughout this book! Quality Questioning belongs on every thoughtful educator’s bookshelf."
—Nancy Frey, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
San Diego State University, CA

"If you’re ready to shift your purpose for questioning from answer-getting to provoking higher-order thinking, this book is a must-read. Never again will you take questioning for granted."
—Connie Hamilton, EdS, Curriculum Director
Saranac (Michigan) Community Schools

"Reading this book is like chatting with an amazing professional friend and mentor. It’s a joy to read, to ponder, and to use as a constant resource.
—Susan Hudson, Educational Consultant and Former Exemplary Educator
Tennessee Department of Education

"A must-read for all teachers who continually strive to improve their practice to better impact student learning."
—Betsy Rogers, EdD, 2003 National Teacher of the Year & Associate Professor and Department Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
Samford University, Birmingham, AL

Key features

  • A complete guide to using effective questioning in the classroom to build higher-order thinking skills and student achievement.
  • Includes the latest research, including Hattie’s meta-analysis and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Designed for immediate classroom use, it incorporates theory-into-practice, reproducibles, checklists, rubrics, resources, lecturettes, practitioner voices, and evaluation methods
  • Includes QR codes linked to dynamic classroom video clips illustrating the processes


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Jackie Acree Walsh

Learn more about Jackie Walsh's PD offerings

Jackie Walsh is an independent educational consultant who partners with educators across the country to enhance teaching and leading in classrooms, schools, and districts. Her passion and primary area of expertise is questioning—for both student and adult learning. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, Jackie is also the lead consultant for the Alabama Best Practices Center, which affords her the opportunity to work with networks of school teams, district teams, instructional partners, and superintendents.

Jackie’s early experience as a high school social studies teacher contributed to her passion for questioning. As a designer and facilitator of professional learning for teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators, she links quality questioning practices not only to student thinking and learning but also to adult learning and reflection. Her commitment is to collaborative design that customizes learning to the context of the learners. Her experience spans work in K-12, higher education, a regional research laboratory, and a state department of education.

The author and co-author of numerous books and articles focused on quality questioning, Jackie seeks to make research and best practice accessible to practitioners. Her books, co-authored with Beth Sattes, include: Quality Questioning, 2nd Edition (2017), Questioning for Classroom Discussion (2015), Thinking Through Quality Questioning (2011), Leading Through Quality Questioning (2010), and Quality Questioning, 1st Edition (2005), She received her A.B. from Duke University, M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Follow Jackie on Twitter @Question2Think; email, walshja@aol.com.

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Beth Dankert Sattes

Learn more about Beth Sattes' PD offerings

Beth Dankert Sattes is a co-developer with Jackie Acree Walsh of Questioning and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking (QUILT), a nationally validated professional development program on effective questioning. They are also co-authors of Inside School Improvement (2000) and co-presenters of the Video Journal in Education series Questioning to Stimulate Thinking (1999). These two former classroom teachers have trained hundreds of administrators and teachers across the nation in effective questioning. Their other joint ventures have focused on creating effective professional development for educators, sharing leadership for continuous school improvement, and creating a culture for high-performance learning communities. A recent example of their work is the design and delivery of professional development for school improvement specialists—consultants or staff who work to develop the capacity of schools to improve achievement for all students. They have also developed professional development modules on improving school culture (for the Southern Regional Education Board) and leading learning communities (for the Alabama Leadership Academy). Beth Dankert Sattes holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in early childhood special education from Peabody College. Both Sattes and Walsh have served as faculty for the National Staff Development Council’s Academy.

Contact Beth Sattes at beth@enthusedlearning.com.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of “Partner With Students” Features

List of Videos



About the Authors

Introduction: Sources of Renewal

Chapter 1. Setting the Stage: What Is Quality Questioning?

Chapter 2. Prepare the Question: What Are the Distinguishing Features of Quality Questions?

Chapter 3. Present the Question: How Can Teachers Engage All Students in Thinking and Responding?

Chapter 4. Prompt Student Thinking: How Can Teachers Assist Students in Making Connections?

Chapter 5. Process Responses: How Can Teachers Use Feedback to Deepen Student Thinking and Learning?

Chapter 6. Polish Questioning Practices: How Can Ongoing Reflection and Dialogue About Classroom Questioning Improve Teaching and Learning?

Appendix: Response Structures to Engage Learners in Thinking and Responding





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